Following an incident at the Rodney Bay branch of a well known supermarket chain last month, security officer Bradley Alphonse was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for the offence of stealing.
On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., the virtual complainant, Vivian Georges Taylor-Alexander, who is the master of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, realised she forgot her phone in the shopping basket at the Super J Supermarket in Rodney Heights.
She returned to the supermarket to get the phone but did not find it. After reviewing camera footage, management of the supermarket contacted her and informed her that the security officer, 24-year-old Bradley Alphonse of Marisule, Gros Islet, had taken the phone from the shopping basket and placed it in his pocket.
The defendant indicated that the phone was stolen from him when he got to town the same day, however his wife handed over the phone to police – but without the memory card and sim card.
He was arrested for stealing.
Alphonse pleaded guilty to the offence when he was taken to court on Monday, April 8, 2013. He said he was going to return the phone the following day.
The complainant indicated that she has very important and confidential information stored on the two cards and wished for their recovery. The magistrate, Velon John, bailed the defendant on his own recognizance, with instructions to return to court the following day with both the memory card and the sim card after he indicated he never opened the phone.
Magistrate John informed Alphonse that his only hope of avoiding Bordelais was the return of the sim and memory cards.
However, Alphonse returned to court the following day, Tuesday, April 9, 2013 without the memory card, and indicated to the court that the items were accidentally thrown away by his wife while cleaning.
Magistrate John stated that society is plagued with these offences and noted that he would be sending a strong message to the public to stop them from committing these offences.
The magistrate also indicated that the defendant was a security officer whose job is to serve and protect patrons of the supermarkets, their belongings and also the belongings of the establishment itself.
As such Alphonse was sentence to 18 months for the offence of stealing.